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Irvine Aitchison Memorial Fund bursaries to City Optometry students

Second year Optometry students receive awards to travel to Africa in 2019 with international charity, Vision Aid Overseas.

by Shamim Quadir (Senior Communications Officer)

We are delighted to share that second year Optometry students Sadaf Khan and Iram Ahmed have both been awarded Irvine Aitchison Memorial Fund (IAMF) bursaries to work on assignment with the international charity, Vision Aid Overseas (VAO), in Africa next year.

The Irvine Aitchison Memorial Fund is a charity that was established in 1966 in memory of Irvine Aitchison. In view of Irvine’s special interest in education, the IAMF has focused on providing opportunities for students of optometry and dispensing optics to broaden their horizons and gain new insights into their professions. The awards are incredibly competitive, as usually only two awards are made nationally each year.

Sadaf and Iram are the latest City Optometry students to be awarded the bursary in recent years, bringing the University's total number of recipients to 11, since 2010.

Sadaf Khan, 2nd Year UG-Optometry student 

Iram Ahmed, 2nd Year UG-Optometry student

Speaking of her achievement, Iram Ahmed said:

I'm grateful to have been given this opportunity and am really looking forward to travelling to Africa for the first time. I hope to learn lots about the differences in eye care between here and there. I think that I will gain plenty of general life knowledge as well as valuable experience related to optometry.

Dr Ahalya Subramanian, Divisional Lead for the Division of Optometry and Visual Sciences, said:

''We were delighted to learn that following on from our students' success last year, two additional City students were awarded the prestigious and highly competitive Irvine Aitchison award. The awards are a great opportunity for our students to experience eye care in another country and work with a range of professionals.''

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